UK Motorist Killed After Crashing Into Second-Floor Apartment

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams

A British driver was killed after his Volvo literally flew into a first floor (American translation: second floor) flat (American translation: apartment). The Daily Mail reports that John Gordon entered a roundabout on the A15 in Werrington, Peterborough and somehow clipped a tree. His car became airborne, bounced, somersaulted then crashed backward into the flat's lounge (American translation: living room) which 19-year-old Laura Stevens had vacated literally seconds before. Gordon died of his injuries later that day, but his nine-year-old son escaped with cuts and bruises. There weren't any details about how fast he was going or other contributory factors that would explain how the Volvo managed to achieve liftoff. [Click through for a truly mind-boggling photo. And thanks to Starlightmica for the link.]

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  • Ihatetrees Ihatetrees on Dec 05, 2007

    You gotta love the British press. A story like this would never get the green light from the compassion-fascist editors at 99% of US papers. The photo is priceless/unique. Funny car wreck photos also seem to be editorially verboten in the US.

  • N Number N Number on Dec 05, 2007

    Landcrusher, Glad to hear there are some fellow aviators on the site. Keep airports open!

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Dec 05, 2007

    Try going to Savannah where they have squares. Basically a roundabout with 4 corners. And you have to deal with tourists that have no clue how to use them(driving the wrong way) and horse drawn carriages crawling around them, plus parked cars and clueless pedestians. Actually you sometimes see the 1st floor up at the second level here in the states. It was a sneeky way to get around the codes several years back and build 6 stories when you were only allowed to build 5 out of combustibles(wood studs). I must have done a dozen projects like that in Atlanta and Florida while was working for a multifamily firm way back when. The codes have changed a lot since then with all the damn apartment fires killing people over the last decade. Don't you love developers anything to save a buck. Always make sure your apartment is sprinkled, it could cost you your life if it's not.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Dec 05, 2007

    Actually I think I am confusing 2 things together, retail had to be at the first level in one case, or you could get away with a Terrace apartment that was half the foot print. Old codes are meant to be reviewed in books and not memorized forever, plus they are boring if you haven't fallen asleep already. I have been trying to block out those multifamily memories. I'll stop before no one ever reads a single post of mine again.